One Tree Hill Review: Was Lucas Scott Here?

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I imagine creator Mark Schwahn's pitch to Chad Michael Murray, attempting to get him to come back to One Tree Hill for "Last Known Surroundings," sounded something like this:

"Hey Chad, we have this episode about halfway through our final season in which absolutely nothing happens. We would love to get Lucas to come back so that the audience won't be completely bored out of their mind. Let me know what you think!"

Farewell Again

Of course, I'm speaking hyperbolically, but without the first appearance from Murray since the season six finale, this episode would have gone nowhere.

With Murray, "Last Known Surroundings" was a nice trip down memory lane. It was not only a reminder of the old days, but of how great Chad Michael Murray was as a leading man for six years, and how lovable of a character Lucas Scott can be.

I'm not sure whether it's Murray's acting, or simply the character of Lucas, but his presence on screen just brought a completely different vibe to the show. It was very comforting, both having him back in our lives, and knowing that he was there to comfort his friend and family.

How about that rapport with Haley? It was just like old times, and I couldn't get enough of it. Whether it was those meaningful chats with his best friend, picking her up while she's down about Nathan, or being so playful with Jamie, I was cheering on the inside every time the camera made its way back to the airport.

Some might complain that OTH only brought back Lucas for this one episode and he just sat in the airport for the entire hour, and while I agree that I could never have too much Lucas at this point, I have a serious counter argument: this felt very real.

Haley is in serious shambles and she needed the person she could trust more than anyone in the world to help her out. Jamie and Lydia don't need to be there in the case that Nathan is in as much trouble as she assumes, so why not send them with Uncle Lucas? He got in, he got out, and nobody got hurt. It wasn't a spectacle. They didn't bring him back just to bring him back. It seemed to fit the story, and I'm just glad we got to see Luke one more time before the series ends later this spring.

Would I have wanted Murray to stay on and finish out the entire season? Duh.

Lucas and Haley

The return of Lucas Scott gave us a lot to enjoy during "Last Known Surroundings," but like I said above, the rest of the hour was filled with snooze-worthy or retread stories.

Dan watching hours upon hours of that video, Clay chatting over and over again with his shrink, Chase dealing with Chuck's dad issues and Brooke meeting up with her attacker from years ago do not great episodes make.

Then there was Nathan. Nathan Scott, who finally worked at his zip ties long enough to free his hands and strangle Dimitri, only to end up in the exact same situation by the end of the episode.

I was extremely excited when the desk cop was introduced as a cog in this criminal mastermind behind capturing Nathan. It gave the story some Tree Hill relevance. The officer was local, so he probably knew Nathan, but when it seemed that he was just another henchman for whoever Dimitri keeps answering to on his phone, I was back to hating this story.

A European gangster, a small time drug dealer, and a local cop walk into an abandoned building... that sounds like a really bad joke, but no, it's who has Nathan kidnapped right now. Now I seriously want Dan Scott to save Nathan quickly, not only because it will be great to see Dan redeemed, but because this plot needs to end AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If it lasts until the finale, I think many of us fans will be upset.

Let's take a quick look at the One Tree Hill Relationship Rankings before handing it over to you all in the comments...

1. Brulian
While Brooke having to deal with her attacker wasn't all that interesting to being with, she handled it very nicely. I loved that she took a stand, not only for herself, but for Q! I adored that dude. She was absolutely right that Xavier didn't change. When he mentioned that he was never convicted of killing Q, I wanted to punch him through my TV screen and the prison screen between him and Brooke.  

Julian commending Brooke for what she did at the hearing was so very sweet, but we all know where this is heading. You don't show the crazy person hiding outside Brooke's cafe if he isn't going to do something awful in the near future. I am scared for her.

2. Naley
These two need to be reunited like NOW! I don't know if my heart can take watching Haley cry anymore. Thinking about that actually being Nathan under that sheet at this point is very upsetting.

3. Clinn
Quinn didn't get much time on screen this week, but Clay certainly did.  His sessions with the doc actually weren't that awful.  The shrink's questions about jealousy and Nathan's family, had me wondering if some of our readers are right about Logan actually being Clay's kid.  There may be a bit of foreshadowing going on there.

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I thought "Last Known Surroundings" would have been rather boring if not for the return of Chad Michael Murray. What did you all think? Was it worth the wait to see Lucas again?  Or are you mad that it was only for this one episode?

When did you know that the cop was in on Nathan's kidnapping? And does his involvement make that story more interesting? Will Chase end up staying to protect Chuck from his dad? And again, who tops YOUR One Tree Hill Relationship Rankings?

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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Guys, I have put up some spoilers for Episode 8 & Episode 9...
The spoilers are in "One Tree Hill Episode Trailer: Tragedy Ahead?" so have a read!! Its not Nathan under the Sheet :)

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I happen to think this season is more interesting then any other season at least we get to see Nathan in a different way, I like Nate but for the last 2 season his character got kind of boring. The only bad thing about this season is mouth weight gain story line

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I am a little disappointed that all of this waiting for Lucas to come back and he only comes back for one episode. Where is he going to be if it is Nathan under the sheet is he going to miss his own brothers funral! Since Lucas came back for one episode it makes me think now that it might not be Nathan under the sheet. So I agree with Lo. I can't wait until next week. Hopefully They don't kill off Nathan and he finishes out the season like Lucas is not! I guess we just have to wait and see!

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Oh Dolls, one more thing. The sheet next week. It's not going to be Dan or Nathan. Haley reacts like that because she is relieved it is not Nathan, and we know it is not Dan because we have not seen the scene yet where he is in the car with the gun with Chris Keller that was in episode 1 AND it was not in the previews for next week, so it will be in a later episode. You can sleep tight now.

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meant to say lucas and payton below...was so worked up and angry still from the sucky episode, i cant think straight!

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This episode infuriated me. What a waste of Chad Michael Murray's Guest Star. Couldn't he have come back for one day and seen Haley, Brooke & most importantly DAN and then take the kids? The Desk Cop twist was horrible and I laughed out loud when he said the line about them "not wanting to promote me to detective!!" Horrible story, horrible writing, horrible acting. The Russian kidnap story is bad enough, now they have to add this convoluted twist to it that doesn't even make ANY sense? I have watched OTH since season one. It has been pretty unbearable since Lucas & Haley left (an episode that should have been the series finale), but i stuck with and suffered through this show since because I am a fan. The way this final season has been written so far is a HUGE disappointment. The only thing that will make it worth watching till the end is if they do have a redemption of Dan in the end & he makes peace with Nathan after he rescues him. They better not kill off Dan in the end!

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The scene where Lucas Jamie and Lydia leaves has to be my favorite scenes ever and the sing goes in hard, one of my best episode and this season is sick

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You know what? I fall in love with Chase for every episode there is. He is so good looking and caring. The way he looks after Chuck is adorable, and if I were in the series I would go after him and I would never leave him, for ANYTHING. I mean, cmon! I just hope he realizes that it wasn't the bike, but Chuck's dad who gave Chuck that wound, bastard. I've never been a great fan of Chuck, but today he was pretty ok. And who does that man think he is, coming to here, beating his kid and (possibly wife) and treat them like crap while he goes to the bar checking girls up? A - hole.
Sorry for my french, but someone had to.. I hope Nate will get out next episode or else I will start to cry again.

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But a good thing is that Dan found something on the video. But what I don't understand is they have followed Nathan from Europe to Tree Hill and then kidnapped him? OR maybe he got kidnapped and was made to make that video for his family, but that wouldn't match because he was wearing another shirt, so anyways.. The other stuff that was going around Tree Hill was rather boring, but I couldn't help to feel a bit scared for Brooke where she sat in that room talking to those judges(?) or something, I knew something bad was going to happen, and yes, it did, kind off.. That creepy what's his name is out of prison and was standing outside the cafe.. Not a good sign I would say. Saying that he didn't get convicted of Quentin's death, I just wanted to slap the be-Jesus out of him. Oh, I cried like a baby when Quentin died.

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I have been pretty bored about the storyline of Nathan and his kidnappers.. That accent is getting on my nerves, but I gotta say, Dimitri's line: "Are you Chuck, on the Gossip Girl? No means no" was hilarious. But when Nathan finally got himself loose I thought this was the end! FREEDOM HERE I COME! Everyone would be reunited, the police could arrest those people, happy ending. But wait? The police, or the desk man was in on this all along, oh what a coincidence.. Just because they didn't want to make him a detective and his salary sucks he kidnapped Nathan Scott. Well that's just super. My heart just sank when I saw Dimitri up and going. That was the moment where I knew, that cop was a dirty cop. We were so close to get out of this hellhole.. I caught myself almost crying.

One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 7 Quotes

Well, I'm awesome in bed, so she begs me to have sex...a lot.

Clay

Chase: I'm in the Air Force, Chris!
Chris: Really? Why?

One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Take-your-time Take Your Time Cary Brothers iTunes
Brooke-annibale-under-streetlights Under Streetlights Brooke Annibale iTunes
Dj-shadow-not-so-sad-and-lonely (Not So) Sad And Lonely DJ Shadow iTunes
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